July 2, 2013
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 6 3/8 x 46
Wrapper : Habano Vuelta Arriba
Filler : Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $8 each
Owned by the Quesada family, and rolled at the Matasa factory in the Dominican Republic, the Fonseca CXX Anni cigars are being produced in celebration of the brand’s 120th year in existence. According to the 2011 Volume 16 No.1 issue of Smoke Magazine:
“…a special blend limited to only 120,000 cigars in three different sizes… the new blend commemorates the brand’s Cuban roots, tapping Cuban-seed fillers grown in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, Cuban-seed Dominican binder, and a rich, intensely flavored sungrown Habano Veulta Arriba wrapper from a microfarm in the Navarrete region.”
The Fonseca CXX Anni is available in the following sizes: 46 x 6 3/8 Corona; 52 x 5 7/8 Robusto; and 60 x 4 7/8 Gordo. Prices range from $7.00 to $9.00 depending on the size.
On to the review…
The pre-light ritual of my Fonseca CXX Anni first showed a very dark, rough wrapper. The pigtail cap was off center and the foot of the cigar cut uneven. The very detailed band complemented the presentation of the cigar and the pre-light smell was a sweet, old cellar mustiness. The cold draw was tight and hinted at caramel and a moist woodiness.
The first third of the Fonseca CXX Anni opened medium/full bodied with a burnt coffee taste. The aroma reinforced the mustiness found in the pre-light cold smell. The burn was wavy but needed no correction and the ash a solid ghostly white. Very nice start to the Fonseca CXX Anni.
The 2nd third of my Fonseca CXX Anni clearly showed tasting notes of cocoa and earth but quickly returned to the black coffee notes. The aroma remained fantastic with the musty overtone however heading into the final third the cigar went out on its own…hmm. Before burning into the final third I picked up very faint notes of wet leaves and tea.
The final third of the cigar was rather uneventful. The cigar seemed to get “moist” in the draw and flavors turned vanilla with heavy notes of winter green, similar to a can of dip/chew. I personally do not like that selection of tobacco choice and these tastes reminded me why. The aroma faded and the Fonseca CXX Anni finished in the medium bodied category.
My final thoughts of the Fonseca CXX Anni are somewhat mixed. I really enjoyed the opening third and second third the cigar offered however the final third was absolutely pitiful. The cigar’s performance was decent throughout with an outstanding aroma highlighted in a medium/full bodied smoking experience. My suggestion is to give this cigar a try but I personally will not be stocking any more in my humidor.
Pre-Light: 7 pts.
Smoking: 6 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.
July 3, 2013
Thanks for reminding me to never buy (or smoke) my second Fonseca.
You could have given it a “C” for “chutzpah”; charging that much… for a FONSECA!
July 2, 2013
Good, concise review which tells me what I really need to know. Nice job.
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